So you’ve heard of robotics have you? Have you heard of the FIRST Robotics Competition though? More specifically, Brehm Robotics Team 2219: Team MEGAHURTS? If you haven’t, here’s a little bit of our history. We’ve participated in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Regionals in St. Louis for the past three years. We haven’t always done so well, but last year we came in second place with our teammates Team DeWalt, and The Robocats. Allegedly known as the “De-Mega-Cats.”
This year, we have had a wonderful surprise presented to us by our lead mentor Joe Viscomi–an awesome, never-before-seen, innovative, and most intelligent plug-and-play crab drive wheel system. He along with many others designed a crab drive system that is a whole leap ahead of anything else out there! It’s a stand-alone drive train module for our FRC Robot, Megahurts. It can even be replaced in the pit by another one if one breaks.
This design is completely legal in the FRC, and is made up of standard parts, but is built in a way that its function has outstripped our previous drive layouts by light years! Before, we were using a tank drive layout for our robot. It’s a setup where all three wheels are fixed in place, and in order to turn, you had to reverse one, and go forward with the other. It was not the best. This design though . . . well it sure isn’t tank drive! All three wheels can turn independently of one another and can go in any direction, creating a much more versatile robot. This also creates the necessity for all of the wheels to be powered independently as well. Problem? No, that’s actually an opportunity for the robot to be much more powerful on the field because it makes sure that each wheel has more power, traction and torque on anything it’s on.
It’s so easy even a… well maybe not a Caveman.
Neil R. (Senior)February 15th, 2010
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